Forensic Anthropologist Law and Legal Definition
A forensic anthropologist is an expert who applies the study of physical anthropology and human skeletons in a legal setting, usually in criminal cases. For instance, the manner and time of death for decomposed, burned or mutilated corpses.
A forensic anthropologist applies standard scientific techniques developed in physical anthropology to identify human remains, and to assist in the detection of crime. Forensic anthropologists frequently work in conjunction with forensic pathologists, odontologists, and homicide investigators to identify a decedent, discover evidence of foul play, and/or the postmortem interval.
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Related Legal Terms
- American Academy of Forensic Sciences [AAFS]
- American Board of Forensic Anthropology
- American Board of Forensic Odontology
- American Board of Forensic Psychology
- American Board of Forensic Toxicology [ABFT]
- American College of Forensic Examiners International [ACFEI]
- American Forensic Association
- American Society of Forensic Odontology [ASFO]
- Association of Forensic DNA Analysts and Administrators [AFDAA]
- Association of Forensic Quality Assurance Managers [AFQAM]